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The magazine takes its name and much of the meaning from the Japanese word “engawa”, which means the space between the interior and the exterior of classic Japanese architecture. It is a transitional space which suggests things like; invitation or welcome but also the contrary, that is to say projection and opening. That is the spirit we’d like to convey with this magazine.
The topic of each issue comes from one image chosen by one member of Engawa (every issue’s image is chosen by a different member). The rest of the group don’t know what this image will be. This cover image stops us talking about usual topics and allows randomness of conversation. It can evoke multiple meanings, everyone can perceive distinct meanings. The image stimulates our thoughts, activates our imagination and suggests questions, enigmas, etc. These are images which provoke us emotional participation. From this beginning, a little spy game starts, where the images become text, drawings photographs and more. The articles will overlap or diverge, creating a tapestry where you are all invited to read, collaborate and give your opinion.
The Engawa project was born as a result of the sincere need to discuss and reflect on architecture. Engawa gives an open forum. Contributors and readers came from all over the world and every issue juxtaposes individual’s ideas.
Engawa is published on paper and online, however, Engawa, as a handmade work, tries to demonstrate the importance of the physical. It also shows the love which still exists of the printed word, despite living in our instantaneous digital world. Every instant spent in front of printed matter is an instant carved into time. Reading a printed magazine is an irreplaceable experience which is attached to the format, the font and the physically. Engawa offers this experience to its readers.
The readers print the magazine themselves. In this way they are involve in the handmade process of the magazine. Each one individually will reproduce what he is going to read, to touch and fold, and possibly to comment or argue.
Engawa is issued quarterly, and it spreads by word by mouth.
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